Let Live 2010. Right now.

The annual Let Live Animal Rights Conference is currently underway. If you’re in the Portland area, you can still register at the door! Really, I’m assuming you’re awesome and caring and already signed up and got a hug from Kittee. There’s an after-party and benefit art show tonight at Portobello, another full day of classes, exhibitions (I’m tabling again in the morning for Try Vegan PDX), vegan mingling and discussions tomorrow, and the final closing party featuring Portland’s favorite vegan DJs: DJ Survival Skilz, The Jetboat Adventurer and Honest John at Portland’s favorite vegan bar: The Bye & Bye.

Image Credit: Let Live Foundation

Bonus vegan shopping opportunities, including shirts from the new Lion’s Share Industries. I picked up this one, sold by Anika, aka Veganscore, herself:

totally not me. totally some cool vegan girl on their website.

The Stumptown Vegans weren’t able to squeeze in another podcast on the subject this year, but look for one next year!

Because really, is anything better than great music, great vegans & a sweet Bye & Bye or Floor Punch on a warm day?

Update: Deanna and Chelsea smiling at the Try Vegan PDX table:

Let Live 2010

The Countdown to Portland’s Inaugural Vegan Iron Chef!!!!!!!!

Who are you rooting for?

In just over a week, Portland will crown its inaugural Vegan Iron Chef!

On behalf of the organizers, can I just thank the Portland and internet vegan community and our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers and host and Vegan Alton Brown and Judges for supporting this? A million times over! The effort has been amazing, challenging & SO worthwhile - and I’m already thinking of it as a miniature version of what’s to come next year! Real kitchens! Stadium seating!?!

The Competition was one hot ticket and quickly sold out within a couple days!! If you didn’t get a ticket, you’ll still be able to watch Portland vegan  history unfold by viewing our stream online LIVE or heading to vegetarian Backspace Cafe early to watch it on their projector.

Backspace is also the location of the FREE After-Party, featuring an anticipated set by Camping Party, the return of DJs Surival Skilz & The Jet Boat Adventurer, exciting raffles and light refreshments, including more sampling by Wayfare Foods.

See you there! Two days later, expect me to start talking about Vegan Prom, nonstop.

Twitter: Vegan Iron Chef

Facebook: Vegan Iron Chef

all artwork by Innerstate.org

Special Thanks to our Top Sponsors:

The Vegan Convergence is Upon Us

My friend Mike, of the vegan pig cake achievement and so much more, is gloriously and mischeviously trying to unite Portland vegans on Sunday, May 23rd.  If you’re in the Portland area, stop by!

Here are the details from the facebook event (hint: RSVP there for updates):

Hey Portland Vegan!

Ever wonder if there are other super cool vegans and vegan potlucks in PDX that you don’t know about? Even if you adore your current vegan friends, ever wonder if you’re missing out on The Others? Or maybe you’re crying to yourself over your BBQ Platter at B&B or wiping sadness away with orange fingers from the fake Cheetos that you got at Food Fight! since you don’t know any other PDX vegans. In any event, its time for all that to change.

Portland has so many little vegan sub-cultures (quadrant-specific vegans, PPK vegans, Meetup vegans, NW Veg’ers, suburb vegans, space patrol vegans, blogging vegans, tattoo vegans, biking vegans, foodshops/food cart vegans, straightedge vegans). Its hard to keep up, let alone branch out and meet new peeps. But that’s all over now. Like Ronald Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev back in ‘87, its time to “tear down this wall.”

The VEGAN CONVERGENCE is upon us.

Show up, eat some food, talk to some folks. It’s simple. You might even meet your new vegan best friend! Worst case scenario, you leave with a full belly of vegan goodies. No time for drama. No time for cliques. Just bring a “Favorite” (is that the theme?) vegan dish (along with cutlery, plates, tongs etc.) and get ready for the best afternoon of your life. Like staring into the sun, this could be epic.

(Vegan-friendly friends invited, too!)

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I’ll be stopping by after a project in the morning, though I don’t know how attentive I’ll be with the life-changing series finale of LOST that evening.  I foresee myself getting nervous when I’m not in line at the Bagdad by 5pm!

P.S. Who are the foodshop vegans? The ones that go to cute restaurants? I thought I had all my groups down!

World Wide Vegan Bake Sales, Approaching!

Update: Back to Eden Bakery will be donating, as well! Thank you, guys!

4/29/2010

What vegan doesn’t love a vegan bake sale?  I would say the gluten-free, but as Portland is getting glutey-free friendlier, there’s usually *something* GF at vegan bake sales now, right? At least a nice attempt!

This is the second year of World Wide Vegan Bakes Sales, which brings about vegan awareness, vegan treats, and community.  They’re a new tradition on an international scale – independently run, vegan, happy, and were recognized as the VegNews “Veg Event of the Year” in 2009.  There’s a snippet of the article on Bjorked Off!, featuring Evan’s picture of Mint Chocolate Oreo Cake and I do believe, famous danishes in the corner.

Portland!

When: Try Vegan PDX is hosting the only bake sale listed in Portland during Last Thursday on Alberta on Thursday, April 29th.  It will be between 4pm-9pm in front of Green Microgym on 12th and Alberta.

What: Vegan Baked Goods! Sweet, and possibly, savoury.

If you’re interested in donating, please drop off baked goods between 4-4:30pm.  If you’re interested in baked goods, please stop by! Sweetpea Baking Co. will be donating, as well!

Why: This bake sale is a fundraiser for our upcoming Inaugural Vegan Iron Chef Competition in June (it quickly sold out! but you can still come to the free after-party at Backspace, and watch it online later!) and our 3rd Annual Try Vegan Week in late August (ending with the 3rd Annual Vegan Prom! Stay tuned for details).

Facebook Event for the Bake Sale

International WWVBS Listing

Facebook Event for Vegan Iron Chef After-Party, featuring Camping Party!

Photo Essay #703: BloLo Brunch & Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

One of my favorite, least-cohesive type of updates.

Over the course of this past slammin’ weekend, I saw the Mayor at a brew pub, dined with friends at Taqueria Los Gorditos: The Restaurant, tried out a new karaoke spot, baked biscotti, finished The Comeback (delightful!), sipped a couple local microbrews on the engaging, Pretzel Necklace™ NW Portland Brewpub Crawl, baked more biscotti, baked even more biscotti, brunched at the new Blossoming Lotus,  sold cookies at Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti, and had a super fantastic meeting with my friend Janessa for a secret big project we’ll be announcing later in the month. !!! I also found a bit of time to feed my cats and do one mere load of laundry, score!

Brunch at BloLo: Florentine Scramble Plate with Maple Seitan Sausage.

Brunch at BloLo

Brunch at BloLo: Sweet Pancake

Brunch at BloLo

Brunch at BloLo: Grits and Greens

Brunch at BloLo

Over all, one of the best and classiest vegan brunch experiences I’ve ever had.  Hands down the best in Portland so far.

The excitement never ends about Taqueria Los Gorditos.  It’s in my hood!

Fajita Soy Curl Burrito at Taqueria Los Gorditos

Taqueria Los Gorditos con amigos

Would you believe this is my first actual burrito from Gorditos? You should believe it, because it’s true. I hear they make their own soyrizo now.  I’m on a Soy Curl kick, myself.

Weekend Baking.

Biscotti: Savoury Italian with Sun-dried Tomato, Rosemary and Basil. Sprinkled with Coarse Sea Salt & Black Pepper.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Biscotti: Savoury Italian and Blueberry, Lemon & Basil

biscotti

Blueberry, Lemon & Basil Biscotti

biscotti

Rummy, Spiced Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

biscotti

I have social anxiety over making pretty things for bake sales, so I went with something I knew, and that was meant to be over-baked!

Onto the Bake Sale!

Insane amount of donations, insane amount of love, insane amount of purchases!  Isa’s idea was beautiful – last time I checked, the grand total for these nationwide, DIY vegan bake sales was over 32k! Portland topped 3k, alone!

For most of the day, there were 4 tables: $2, $3, $4, and COOKIE.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Some pretty scones and coconut cupcakes made their way to the cookie table.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Adorable Blackberry-Apple pie pops

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Behind the scenes, what at one point was the drop-off table

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Love

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Love – Leigh and Ann’s Spicy Haitan Creole Sauce. So good!

I had some over tempeh last night! Talk of this is all the rage on facebook.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Eek! Woof!

Love. Cupcakes.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Pie!

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Pretties.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Butterscotch Bundt !!

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Convenient Cookies!

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

A brief moment the cookie table wasn’t jam-packed.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Vegans rule.

Yellow Curry & Butternut Squash Hummus (or Sweet Potato)

Imagine if President Obama were vegan! He would look like this….

Political Hummus Creation and Image Credit: Sabra Hummus and Kirk Rademaker

Actually, I simply don’t have an accompanying photo for this recipe, and I googled “hummus monster” and the hummus John McCain turned up, and I went from there.

Onto the dip!

I first made this Yellow Curry &  Squash Hummus on a whim for a I LOVE 2002! party last month.  I was already making Smoked Paprika Hummus from The Urban Vegan, had more chickpeas, and beans dips are easy, inexpensive party food. You can go classic, or you can go creative.  My brain went…..remember a week or two ago when you made Yellow Curry Squash soup?  Let’s work with those flavors and add chickpeas!  You’re out of tahini anyway so use you have to use peanut butter.  And it happened.

I decided to make it again and play with the recipe for the refreshments table at my presentation on Local & Vegan Eating at the library recently because a) it’s fairly creative b) party food for a crowd! and c) hummus is SO vegan.  I easily subbed mashed sweet potato for the squash on round #2, since I had it on hand.

Yellow Curry & Butternut Squash (or Sweet Potato) Hummus

(aka what would happen if you pureed yellow curry with chickpeas)

Serves: Many!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of rinsed chickpeas (canned or cooked)
  • 1/2 peanut butter OR 1/4 cup tahini + 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1.5 cups roasted sweet squash (or sweet potato – roasted or canned)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons yellow curry paste (I use local Thai & True brand, also available from Food Fight! online)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon – 1 tablespoon ginger (if you like more, use more)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Sambal Oelek or other heat source (crushed red pepper, hot sauce, etc.)
  • 1/4 water or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup tamari (you can obviously sub soy sauce, but this keeps it gluten free)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon agave or brown sugar
  • pinch of dried basil, or a few leaves of fresh basil
  • optional: 2 tablespoons flaked coconut (especially if you’re not using the coconut milk)
  • generous pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • dash paprika
  • Dipping instruments, such as pita bread, tortilla chips or crudites

Directions:

  1. Puree oil, chickpeas, peanut butter or tahini and peanuts, and garlic in a food processor or blender, until smooth.  Use a spatula to wipe down the sides a couple times.
  2. Add everything else, blend well!
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish.

Garnish: Toasted sesame seeds, diced fresh basil

Garnish, if you’re not me: sliced green onions, cilantro

Remnants:
after: the food table

And one more thing - Crossant with chocolate chips from Back to Eden Bakery & Boutique =

Out of this World, Vegan Awesome.

Tomorrow!

Writers Talking: Jess of Get Sconed!

Come visit the Multnomah County Central Library tomorrow,  Saturday, January 23, 2010 1pm-2:30pm for a presentation on Eating Local & Vegan in Portland, OR.

Where: U.S. Bank Room
When: 1-2:30pm
What: Vegan discussion

I’ll be discussing my blog, eating locally, and being vegan in Portland, OR, as well as attempts at jokes! Think farmers markets, the vegan internet and vegany Portland.

Oh, and there will be free vegan food of the sweet and savoury variety.

aka a light lunch!

Check out the Willamette Week event listing.

I will mention tofu scramble at least three times.

farmer's market tofu scramble

sorta boring, mostly great & a segue

Roasted Blue Potatoes, Golden Beets and a single Russet, with coarse sea salt, olive oil and pepper. Roasted Colors

I’ll take golden beets over red any day, any place, any time zone, as long as there’s a working oven.

Huckleberry’s Bistro style Tofu Scramble with Italian kale, green cabbage, kalamata olives, yellow bell pepper, creminis, lemon juice, shoyu, garlic and spices.  I like this style because it channels the scrambles I used to make as a young vegan, over-relying on soy sauce for flavor!

olive, lemon veggie scramble

Lightly fried rice with broccoli, carrots, Zesty Lemon Tempehtations (in my freezer from an old product review), leftover brown rice, sesame oil, almonds, tamari, garlic and white pepper.  Definitely a ‘what do I have to work with??’ type of dinner.

light fried rice with tempeh

Total Hodgepodge dinner.  Steamed spinach, baked tofu, kalamata olives and roasted chickpeas (loosely based on Tamari Roasted Chickpeas from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan).

hodgepodge

Not boring – just great! Lazy Samoans (with even lazier chocolate drizzlin’ and dippin’) from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

lazy samoans

My recent flickr stream informs me that I’ve been saving money by cooking at home lately!  As much as I enjoy visiting new and old favorite establishments and socializing, I’m part hermit cat lady and have been spending time the past couple weeks enjoying fortunate holds on dvds the library (30 Rock! LOST! The Departed!)!

Isn’t that a swell segue for mention of a presentation I’m giving on this site and Local & Vegan Eating in Portland later this month at the library? Sure! I’m flattered that the library likes vegan bloggers! I’m flattered if one of my friends even half considers going!

Here’s the Multnomah County Library Events listing and the Facebook Event. I’m working on my comical winks all afternoon in preparation.